MY WRITING PROCESS – BLOG HOP
I was tagged by author Gillian O’Rouke– http://gillianorourke.com/ – to partake in My Writing Process Blog Hop!
What am I working on?
I am up to the concluding chapters of the third book in my Shadow series. The first being Shadow Over Avalon, http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Over-Avalon-C-N-Lesley ebook/dp/B00GAN6HMG/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_d_1. The second book, Sword of Shadows is due out in September. I am also working on the sequel to Darkspire Reaches, http://www.amazon.com/Darkspire-Reaches- http://www.amazon.com/Darkspire-Reaches-C-N-Lesley-ebook/dp/B00DJE8RP4/ref=la_B00DJS9QP0_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397755020&sr=1-1 and that one will be called Serpent of the Shangrove. Aside from this, I am tweaking a fantasy novelette.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think my stories are different as I can’t contain them in one genre alone. They are all cross genre in one way or another. Shadow Over Avalon is ccience fantasy with a touch of history, mystery and romance thrown in. Yes, the sci fi is researched, as is the historical aspect. With Darkspire Reaches, the story is a mix between fantasy, dark romance and has a touch of the paranormal. Upcoming stories are similar genre mixes.
Why do I write what I write?
The stories have all come to me in dreams and I just have to know what happens next. It is usually a few scenes like an opening gambit, or sometimes a character in the middle of some awful circumstance. I suppose my dreams are flavored by my favorite reading genres, so yes, they would be sci fi and fantasy.
How does your writing process work?
Having got the opening scenes, or an idea, I just let the story come to me and it usually does in linear order. Keeping track of the various sub-plots requires deep concentration, so I tend to keep working on books once I open the file. After the first draft I like to let a book sit for a few months. I need the distance to see what is working and what is not. Then comes the second edit and another waiting time. The last couple of passes are for mechanical glitches. Sometimes, the rare err jumps at me in the end process and I have gone through an entire manuscript to alter the name of one character before. Why? Because I was tired of people telling me the name belonged to another gender, despite the different spelling. I figured if my friends found it annoying, then so would my readers. Simple fix.
As to methods, yes, I am a pantzer. I have tried to outline and it just doesn’t work for me. I can have a wonderful outline with everything carefully detailed and then I start to write. For some unknown reason the story develops legs and runs away from me in a totally new direction. The careful plan is now toast and may represent two days of hard work down the toilet. I don’t bother anymore as I am never going to win this one.
And as a finale, I get to tag a few authors now to hop along this blog! Good luck!
Crash Frolich- https://www.facebook.com/crash.froelich?fref=ts
Joel Cornah- https://www.facebook.com/JoelCornah?fref=ufi
Martin Adil-Smith- https://www.facebook.com/martinadilsmith?fref=ufi
Rhonda Garcia- http://rsagarcia.com/